The other side of Kez: PC Gaming

Hello one and all, and in response to all your comments and tweets, I have indeed been quiet of late,  I started a new job you see. But before that, I spent 2 weeks in PC Gaming wonderland…yes my console gaming friends, I crossed over to the dark side. What was I doing there you ask? I tried out some games…and bought one too. Here’s some musings for you all;

TERA

TERA Screenshot

Yes I really am playing as a magical Panda, don’t worry if that’s not really your thing though you can create your usual warriors and stuff here too. TERA is an online MMORPG and features your usual; quests, crafting, and PvP action. However combat is rather unique…you target an enemy with a cross-hair cursor rather than clicking or tabbing an individual opponent (this is called the “Non-Target battle system” by the publisher) and you can actively dodge incoming attacks. As someone who has come from playing Guildwars and Aion, this combat system really sets TERA apart from other MMORPGs. Graphically, this is one of the more demanding games that I have played on PC, so I would check your spec before investing, as the game has the downside of being a monthly subscription type. So to those who quit World of Warcraft and want something different, or those with plenty of pennies and who are after an MMORPG with a strong combat system I say check this one out.

However if paying monthly doesn’t appeal, but the MMORPG world does, I suggest you check out number 2 in our threesome of PC Gaming…

Guildwars 2

Guildwars 2

Now, the first Guildwars 2 Beta didn’t go so well, and I must apologise for the rather poor screenshot above. (Everything upon first login was hard work) However, once the beta was updated, this was a lovely game to spend time in, as well as the usual stuff as detailed above in TERA, you can also take part in live action events called “instances.” Guildwars 2 genuinely feels like a living breathing world. Your skill bar isn’t as customisable as I would like it, however what sets Guildwars 2 apart from many others, is the lack of monthly subscription. So you buy the game once, and can play forever without paying another penny. As a massive Guildwars 1 fan I have pre-ordered this beauty and shall be featuring more on this as and when I get access to more Beta events.

Diablo III

Diablo 3

So my friends, I have saved the best till last. Disclaimer: I have not played any other Diablo titles. Diablo III is a dungeon crawler…so yes, it’s a bit repetitive, and yes there’s lots of clicking, but my word is it addictive. I truly believe this game has a player class to suit everyone, the difficulty curve is well designed, the story is far more compelling that I thought it would be, and with a semi-decent graphics card, the cutscenes are epic.  This game is both serious in strategy and immense fun, playing co-op works well, but that game doesn’t lose it’s magic when you are playing alone. Music and sound design have been greatly improved from the Beta, the sound effects now add a visceral element to combat, and add to the all round genuinely creepy atmosphere in the game.

So there we have it, a quick run down of what I’ve spent my time playing these past couple of weeks, which also explains why you haven’t seen me on PSN either. Let me know if you would like to see more PC gaming posts guys!